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Rosanne Cash – Modern Blue

In case you didn’t know, Rosanne Cash was the first child born to Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto in Memphis, TN in 1955. Johnny had moved to Memphis shortly after a stint in the Air Force to begin a new life with his Texas-born wife with dreams of making it big in the music business. Cash’s early years in Memphis yielded three more daughters and a legendary collaboration with Sam Phillips of Sun Records (we’re super good with the obvious!). In three short years the family would move to Southern California where Rosanne would spend most of her youth.

Rosanne would go on to make a huge mark of her own. Moving back to Tennessee, she would go on to score 11 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country singles chart . A marriage to Rodney Crowell also led to a family of her own. However, a divorce and disenchantment with the Nashville star-making machine would eventually drive her from the South (you can read a great recent piece by Ken Tucker for the NY Times HERE). Rosanne moved to New York City and continued to perform all around the world while recording a string of Grammy-award winning albums. She hasn’t looked back. Until now.

“Arkansas State University called me in 2008,” she said. “They wanted to purchase my dad’s boyhood home in Dyess Ark.” – a dilapidated Depression-era, W.P.A. – built house – “and restore it very accurately and asked if I wanted to be involved. I said yes right away. So many Johnny Cash projects come across this table that I say no to: books, movies, and plays and records; that’s the work of other people. But this was instantly compelling to me”.

Each song on her new album, The River & The Thread, was co-written by Rosanne and her husband & producer John Leventhal over the course of many car trips down South. Rooted in the Southern soil, this album powerfully connects the old Cash homestead in Arkansas to the family’s ancestral Virginia homeland, expanding to survey the family’s artistic roots in Alabama and Tennessee.

This week’s Top Tune is the first single. You can hear the complete work, available now on Blue Note Records.

Check out what Oxford American calls “the best music of her career”. Tune in tomorrow night, Jan 16th for her performance on Late Show with David Letterman!

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Contact & Licensing info:

Rosanne Cash published by Chelcait Music (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / John Leventhal is published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP). Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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Oxford American Southern Music Issue – The Music of Tennessee

1474488 188657247989903 1350910490 n Oxford American Southern Music Issue   The Music of TennesseeThe Southern Magazine of Good Writing – Oxford American – 15th Annual Southern Music & CD issue, The Music of Tennessee featuring Notable’s Rosanne Cash & Bobby Hebb will be on stands Dec 2, 2013 or you can order yours here.Writer Bill Friskics-Warren salutes the prophetic power of Bobby Hebb’s classic crossover hit, “Sunny” in One So True, and Rosanne Cash contributes another amazing essay, Long Way Home. Also included are Tennesseans: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Charlie Rich, Big Star, and many others.

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Rosanne Cash – A Feather’s Not a Bird

This week of Thanksgiving we give thanks for many things. One of them being the great artistry of Rosanne Cash and her excellent upcoming new album, The River & The Thread coming Jan 14, 2014 on Blue Note Records. This week’s Top Tune is the lead off track from the album which was co-written and produced by Rosanne’s husband and long-time collaborator, guitar player, and arranger, John Leventhal.

Her last two albums, Black Cadillac (2006) and The List (2009) were both nominated for Grammy Awards. The List – an exploration of essential songs as selected and given to Rosanne by her father, Johnny Cash – was also named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. In addition, her best-selling 2010 memoir, Composed, was decribed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.”.

The new album features a long list of great guests including: John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Derek Trucks, John Prine, Tony Joe White, Rodney Crowell, Cory Chisel, and Amy Helm. “When we started forming the idea for this record” says Cash, “it felt like it was going to be the third part of a trilogy – with Black Cadillac mapping out a territory of mourning and loss and then The list, celebrating my family’s musical legacy. I feel this record ties past and present together through all those people and places in the South I knew and thought I had left behind”.

You can pre-order the new album HERE and you can catch Rosanne Cash in residency 12/5 (Coolidge Auditorium), 12/6 (Thomas Jefferson Building), and 12/7 (Thomas Jefferson Building) as part of the Library of Congress Songs of America project – Washington DC. The evenings include a concert, a round robin for songwriters, and a conversation with Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. More info HERE.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Contact & Licensing info:

Rosanne Cash published by Chelcait Music (BMI), administered by Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / John Leventhal published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP). Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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Rosanne Cash with Johnny Cash – September When It Comes

In 2003, after a long hiatus from recording, Rosanne Cash released Rules of Travel – a universally acclaimed collection which found her evolution as a songwriter and a singer reach new plateaus. Featuring beautifully sparse production by John Leventhal, Rules marked a powerful return to the scene for Rosanne, and was instantly praised by fans and critics alike.

The disc sported a few guest vocalists: Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Teddy Thompson… and, on the stunning “September When It Comes,” Johnny Cash.

“He was in bad health, he got very ill for a while,” Rosanne said at the time. “I was facing my dad’s mortality for the first time. It’s deeply unsettling when you come to that point in your life when your parents suddenly become frail and ill. Of course, I was very affected by it. So I called him—I was going down to Nashville anyway—and I said, ‘Dad, I’m going to bring the tape, and if you’re feeling well enough when I’m down there….’ He said, ‘I can’t promise, but if I feel well enough I will.’ And I could tell that morning he really didn’t feel well, but he said he would do it. So we went over to the little studio he has in the woods.”

As her father learned the song, Rosanne says, his energy started to perk up. “He was getting into doing it,” she recalled, smiling. “And then he was calling for more takes: ‘No, let me try that part again!’ When we finished, I said, ‘Dad, it’s beautiful, you sound great.’”

“It was a very moving experience,” Rosanne says now. “I was actually crying in the studio.” Her dad, of course, later told her, “You know, I really could have done it better.”

The official video for “September…” can be viewed HERE.
“September…” lyrics are HERE.

Contact & Licensing info: Master controlled by EMI Music Group,
“September When It Comes” written by Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal
Rosanne Cash published by Chelcait Music (BMI), administered by Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co.
John Leventhal published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP)